Well when I said “bullpenning it” in the game thread intro tonight, I thought maybe it’d be Tyler Clippard for a couple of frames and then a long-reliever to come in for a good chunk of it for the Minnesota Twins. Apparently I thought incorrectly as Rocco Baldelli really used the bullpen tonight.
Clippard, as announced, opened tonight and allowed a solo homer to Avisail Garcia, his first of the season. Besides that, Clippard had a clean inning with two strikeouts. Cody Stashak took the mound in the second and did some impressive work, striking out the side. Matt Wisler took the bulk of the work tonight, tallying up 2.2 innings of work, allowing three hits and one earned run - a homer from Manny Pina - to go with a strikeout.
Although that gave the Milwaukee Brewers two homers, the Bomba Squad went into bomba mode early. Josh Lindblom, who - according to the radio crew - throws seven different pitches, served back-to-back meatballs to Twins players. Both four-seamers, both to right field, one by Jorge Polanco and one by Eddie Rosario. Rosie tagged another bomba to right field in the top of the fourth with Nelson Cruz on base, and the Twins lead 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth.
The Brew Crew’s bullpen kept the Twins’ bats mostly silent, combining for four innings of work after Lindblom finished off the fourth. They only allowed three hits on a walk and five strikeouts on the night through the eighth inning.
If only the same could be said for the Twins. Trevor May was summoned in the bottom of the fifth to relieve Wisler and allowed a single before striking out Keston Hiura. Unfortunately, Pina wanted to get on Rosario’s level and also hit a second home of the night, also a two-run homer, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth off of May. Tyler Duffey came on for the seventh for a blank line in the box score.
Taylor Rogers came in for a second night of work in a row (!!!) and promptly struck out Hiura before giving up a double to Christian Yelich. Jedd Gyorko then stepped into the box and launched a 1-0 sinker from Rogers into center field to give the Brewers a 6-4 lead. The Twins “closer” got out of the inning without any additional damage.
Josh Hader, Brewers closer extraordinaire, walked Cruz, but otherwise closed the door on the Twins to force tomorrow’s game to be the rubber match.
Brewers 6, Twins 4
W: Williams (1-1)
L: Rogers (1-2)
S: Hader (3)
These two teams finish off this series tomorrow at 610p Central before Minnesota comes home. Southpaw Eric Lauer takes the mound for Milwaukee while Kenta Maeda goes for the Twins.
THIS AND THAT:
- Mitch Garver broke out of his slump with a single in the fifth inning.
- Trevor May gets tagged with a blown save.
- I’m not happy with Taylor Rogers.
- Both teams used six pitchers tonight.
- The Twins struck out 16 times tonight.
- Eddie Rosario: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 2 HR
- Jorge Polanco: 2-5, R, RBI, 2 K, HR
- Byron Buxton: 3-4, K, SB
- Cody Stashak: 1.0 IP, 3 K
- Trevor May: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), K, BS
- Taylor Rogers: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), K, L
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